Parks just can’t stop winning

The Trustees from Morpeth's Millennium Green are celebrating after being awarded their 9th Green Pennant Community Award in a row.
The Trustees from Morpeth's Millennium Green are celebrating after being awarded their 9th Green Pennant Community Award in a row.
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AWARD-WINNING Morpeth green spaces have done it again.

Both the town’s Carlisle Park and the Old Bakehouse Millennium Green have been recognised with prestigious national Green Flag Awards.

It is a remarkable tenth year running that the green has been honoured, while the park has been rewarded for the fifth year in a row.

The scheme sets the gold standard for parks and green spaces across the UK, with judges rating facilities on a set of criteria ranging from sustainability to community involvement.

The green, situated behind Newgate Street, is managed by local trustees and volunteers and contains plants, flowers and wildlife habitats, with seating and wheelchair access for visitors. It also serves as an ideal spot for community events.

Carlisle Park is often dubbed ‘the jewel in Morpeth’s crown’, offering formal gardens, ancient woodland, an aviary, play areas, a paddling pool, picnic areas, tennis courts, bowling greens, a skatepark and the William Turner Garden, dedicated to the 16th century herbalist and ‘father of English botany’ who lived in the town.

It is managed by Northumberland County Council, but volunteers help the gardening team to maintain and improve the park.

Council Executive Member for Environment Simon Reed said: “Parks and green spaces are at the very heart of our communities, being enjoyed by local people and tourists alike. We are committed to maintaining high standards for our parks and it’s great to see that the hard work of our park staff has paid off.”

This year a record 1,424 sites nationwide were awarded Green Flag status, including Hexham Parks, Doctor Pit Park in Bedlington, Astley Park in Seaton Delaval and Hirst Park in Ashington.

Award Scheme Manager Paul Todd said: “We are thrilled to announce yet another record-breaking year for Green Flag Award parks and green spaces. A Green Flag Award provides national recognition for the achievements of all those whose hard work and dedication has helped to create these fantastic places for all to enjoy.”